Acosta's record supporting minorities at Justice raises questions about immigration enforcement: President Trump's nominee to head the Labor Department, Alexander Acosta, had a notable career as a civil rights lawyer and advocate for minorities while working at the Justice Department. That raises the question of how Acosta, the son of Cuban immigrants, would enforce immigration laws under the Trump administration. While Justice and Homeland Security are the most prominent departments in enforcing immigration policy, the Labor Department has a significant role as well since immigration enforcement often involves workplaces. The Labor Department is the first stop for certifying foreign workers for visa programs. How rigorously it enforces those rules is a major factor in determining how many immigrants come into the U.S. Its workplace investigations can uncover illegal hiring, though the policy under former President Barack Obama did not prioritize alerting immigration authorities to people without proper documentation.
By Arthur Schaper